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Off-Day Watch 2/14: Please Pretend You Like Numbers

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No game tonight, so go give someone you like some chocolates or something

NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Florida Panthers Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

I know, I know, it’s early, no one wants to talk about numbers when it’s early.

But midway through the season, here are a few numbers that might interest you:

  • Anze Kopitar leads the Kings in ice time at even strength (just over 718 minutes, 49 games played). That shouldn’t be a surprise. What is surprising is that until recently, that spot was held by Dwight King (706 minutes, 55 games played). Kopitar is catching up nicely after losing time to an injury, but it’s an interesting world we live in when King is all the way up there. (Last year’s even strength forward leaders were Kopitar, Milan Lucic, and Dustin Brown.)
  • Would you believe your Corsi leader so far has been Brayden McNabb (61.2%)? This is just like that time when Nick Shore led in that stat last year. Who needs numbers, anyway? Facts aren’t real.
  • For the second season in a row, Tanner Pearson is a penalty drawing machine. Pearson’s only taken two penalties this season and has drawn 13. (On the other end of the spectrum? Jordan Nolan and Kyle Clifford, each having taken ten more penalties than they’ve drawn.)
  • Let’s play a little game called Find Jeff Carter On This Chart:

(All stats from Corsica.)

HIGHLIGHTS TO WATCH

With the Kings all off in Mexico or what have you, there are obviously no Kings highlights. Instead, here’s a clip from a few days ago of Jonathan Drouin making everyone look silly as he sets up Brayden Point for a goal.

KINGS THINGS

OTHER THINGS YOU SHOULD LOOK AT

GAME TO WATCH

Looks like there are two free games on NHL dot com tonight. The first features the New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs, so if you’d like to marvel over both the Leafs’ crop of talented rookies and the complete mess that is Andrew Ladd’s contract, you’re in luck. If you’re in the mood for questionable goaltending, you can also tune into the Dallas Stars and Winnipeg Jets as both teams look to rebound from disappointing losses.